- corrugated cardboard (about 60 cm x 60 cm), you will use this for parts of the bike which require texture, if you can't find this simply strip a layer off off the top of normal cardboard to get the stripy texture
-plain, smooth cardboard,any color (you will need several large boxes for this, the good thing is though if you run out you can always collect up more and carry off from where you stopped last on the project )
-1 large cardboard tube, 20 cm diameter and 1 m long
-hacks saw for the tubing
- A pair of scissors (your hands will get really tired so I would advice using a jigsaw if you have one but it is perfectly possible to do this without one , I use scissors)
-glue gun with plenty of glue alternatively you can use duct tape which is a lot quicker but looks a little messy when finished but if your painting your bike this may not matter.
As you can imagine constructing a lifesize motorbike accurately from cardboard could be a little confusing so for clarity each step will have the relevant set of templates and detailed written instructions on how to compose them.I apologise in advance foer the bad quality of photos but my instructions should be clear enough.
Cut the tubing at 20 cm and set aside, this will be for your head light so mark in pen "headlight".
Now with the remaining 80 cm place in a standing position and cut vertically straight down the center of the tube trying to remain as straight as possible with the saw.
Then take one of the halves and cut off 15 cm from it, the short part will be used for the ventilator so set aside and mark with pen "ventilator".
Print off the above templates, 1 x wheel centers,4 x tyre pieces, and 4 x half wheel sides.
Next you must cut and stick template pieces on paper onto cardboard. Then cut out the cardboard around the template. you will need to stick the tyre template onto corrugated cardboard if you want to have a textured effect.
Keep in mind that the shaded areas are for glue.
Stick together two of your wheel plates to make a full circle. Do the same with the other two.
Now stick one of your wheel centre pieces directly in the middle of one of the wheel plates and, again do the same with the other centre and plate.
Now you have both of your wheel plates and centers I would advise adding rivets for extra details, to do this simply cut out 20 small circles ½ inch in diameter and line them around the plate. With cardboard projects I find it is the details that make them really stand out.
Stick together your 4 textured tyre pieces until you have a long rectangular shape.
Next this is a little tricky: take one of your wheel plates and line the circumference with glue, now slowly wrap around the textured tyre shape all the way around the plate so that in the end you have a hollow cylindrical shape with one plate missing at the bottom. Take up your second plate and line the circumference with glue. Now simply stick this onto the bottom of the cylinder without a cover until you have a full cylinder. This is your completed wheel.
Next cut out and stick the suspension stick templates onto card and cut the cardboard out. Fold around to make half a circle and then fold the tabs inward. Cover tabs with glue and stick onto the center of the wheel plates coming out towards the edge of the plates as shown. Then place a detail strip over the glue marked center of each suspension stick this just adds some visual interest to the workings of the wheel.
Once this is all done you should use the wire templates run up and down the suspension stick 4 on each side, again this is just for a detail, if you would like you can use colored cardboard for these wire (I found red looked particularly good)
Now stick your long half (80 cm) of the cardboard cylinder directly vertically down the center of your rectangle.
Print off your 2 side strut pieces and 2 side strut continuation pieces. Stick your side strut pieces to the top of each of the continuation pieces.
Stick your entire long strut pieces onto both the cylinder and the backing plate vertically then when all of this is done stick two 30 cm long thin corrugated strips, equal distance symmetrically from the center as shown in the picture.
Finally on top of the " large rectangle" use your handle bar and handle template to make those things: join two of the handle bar strips having been rolled into a cylinder on the end of each roll your handles and place your detail strips around them on the area left for glue. now you should attach your brake onto the handle like an ordinary bike.
take your cardboard tube you set aside for headlight and place the cut out corrugated piece for the light directly inside this tube (use template)
If you would like to mount on wall, simply place two nails into the wall where you would like your bike to be and then hook the very back on top of these nails. be careful that you get the height of the nails right. for a good effect place some fake wall paper on the wall then peel it of in a ripped way. after this you could paint some realistic bricks onto the wall[a[r behind. this is what I did. for and even more realistic feel you can place rubble and bits of broken brick on the floor around.